Linda Pastan

(1932 - / New York / United States)

Traveling Light - Poem by Linda Pastan

I am only leaving you
for a handful of days
but it feels as thought
i will be gone forever
the way the door closes
behind me with such solidity
the way my suitcase
carries everything
i'd need for an eternity
of traveling light
i have left my hotel number
on your desk, instructions
about the dog
and heating dinner. but
like the weather front
they warn is on its way
with its switchblades
of wind and ice
our lives have minds
of their own


Comments about Traveling Light by Linda Pastan

  • Practicing Poetess (2/10/2019 2:17:00 PM)

    This poem has such a sadness and heaviness to it, that it feels as though she is carrying a ton of boulders in her suitcase! 'Traveling Light' seems an ironic title for this piece. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (2/9/2019 11:15:00 PM)

    beautiful line on traveling life- i'd need for an eternity of traveling light (Report)Reply

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  • Bill Cantrell (2/9/2019 11:18:00 AM)

    Also a true to life poem if ever there was one, great write! (Report)Reply

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  • Bill Cantrell (2/9/2019 11:17:00 AM)

    As long as we think of the dog then it’s all good (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (2/9/2019 9:41:00 AM)

    'but it feels as thought' THIS THIRD LINE SHOULD READ 'but it feels as though'

    A sad poem of a parting, leaving and moving on.
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  • (2/9/2019 3:04:00 AM)

    A thoughtful write of going away somewhere albeit for a short time and leaving loved one's? ....... (Report)Reply

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  • (2/9/2019 2:58:00 AM)

    Individuality may prevail even in the most intimate relationships is the message of modern times and it is adroitly given in the thought provoking poem. Congrats on modern poem of the Day. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (2/9/2019 2:13:00 AM)

    our lives have minds
    of their own. the final verse is captivating. tony
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/9/2019 12:49:00 AM)

    Well executed poem by Linda Pastan..... (Report)Reply

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  • Alexander Julian (2/9/2018 4:16:00 PM)

    I use the word solidity to refer to food and it makes sense to use it to describe a falling door. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/9/2018 3:27:00 PM)

    So everyday in its serenity and sweetness then those last lines fill me with dread and I think of all those who left their homes believing they would be back just as certainly as there was air to breathe...until we meet with the wintry switchblades of fate. Perfect. 10 (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (2/9/2018 12:52:00 PM)

    Wow, what a lovely modern poem, so nicely articulated. Thanks dear Linda for the sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (2/9/2018 5:20:00 AM)

    our minds have minds
    of their own
    Travelling light says so much about the care and love left behind and reluctance to leave. I enjoyed the rhythm in the lines.
    Adrian Flett
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/9/2018 2:39:00 AM)

    For a handful of days! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/9/2018 12:51:00 AM)

    Linda, such a lovely modern poem... congrats for being chosen... a big 10++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta Mohapatra (2/9/2018 12:46:00 AM)

    ' Our lives have minds of their own'... liked the line. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 28, 2014

Poem Edited: Friday, March 7, 2014


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